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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / June 17, 2022

Hands-Down the BEST Potato Salad EVER | Spanish Ensaladilla Rusa Recipe

This Spanish potato salad, known as Ensaladilla Rusa, is one of Spain´s most classic dishes. It´s packed with flavors, super easy to make and done in just 40 minutes. You can serve it at room temperature or even chilled. Truly, the perfect potato salad for any time of the year.

Potato Salad
What makes this potato salad stand out above the rest, besides its beautiful presentation, is that you flavor the mayonnaise with garlic, to make it a garlic mayo aioli. This really elevates the flavors of the potato salad and takes it to the next-level.

Potato Salad
It´s very important to use potatoes here that are a bit more waxy than starchy. That way when you boil the potatoes, they hold their shape and won´t fall apart. I used new potatoes, but you can also use yukon gold, golden delight or even red potatoes.

Potato Salad

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You want to boil the potatoes just until they are cooked through, kind of like al dente, about 15 to 17 minutes. If you over-boil your potatoes, they will get mushy, and you will end up with mashed potato salad.

Potato Salad

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Potato Salad
5 from 5 votes

Spanish Potato Salad | Ensaladilla Rusa

Course Salad
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 455 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 1/4 lbs waxy potatoes 1 kilogram
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cage-free organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas 75 grams
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers
  • 10 pimento stuffed green olives
  • 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise 230 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Peel & wash the potatoes, cut them into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces, add them into a stockpot, along with 1 peeled carrot, fill with cold water, about 1 inch (2.50 cm) above the potatoes, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat

  2. Meanwhile, add 4 eggs into a sauce pan, fill with cold water, to about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) above the eggs, place a metal sieve over the sauce pan, add in 1/2 cup frozen peas, heat with a high heat, once the water comes to a boil and the peas are tender from the steam, remove and set aside, place a lid on the sauce pan and turn off the heat, let the eggs sit between 11 to 12 minutes to end up with perfectly hard boiled eggs

  3. About 15 to 17 minutes after turning on the heat on the potatoes, they should be perfectly cooked through along with the carrot, just pierce them with a toothpick, if it easily goes in but with some resistance they are ready, do not over cook the potatoes, remove the stock pot from the heat and drain into a colander

  4. Meanwhile, make the garlic mayo aioli, add the 1 cup mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate in 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until you end up with a creamy sauce, set aside

  5. Thinly slice the shallots, cut the roasted red bell peppers into strips, finely chop the boiled carrot and roughly chop the hard boiled eggs, reserving one of the egg yolks

  6. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, add them into a large bowl, along with the chopped carrot, the steamed peas, the shallots and the chopped hard boiled eggs, season generously with sea salt & black pepper, add in the garlic mayo aioli and gently mix together until well mixed

  7. Transfer the potato salad into a serving dish, finely grate the reserved egg yolk over the salad, add the strips of roasted bell pepper over the salad and the olives, serve at room temperature or chilled, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Potato Salad | Ensaladilla Rusa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 994mg43%
Potassium 1409mg40%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 3117IU62%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Sharon

    5 stars
    Just made this for the third time Albert, to serve alongside your Barcelona style cod (I’m not doing the white beans with the cod as I’ll have this potato salad.

    I just want to add, while it’s clear you are very talented, you must be incredibly fast at prepping! I don’t think I go slow but each time I’ve made this potato salad, without stopping for breaks, the prep has taken me an hour. I don’t think I’ll ever manage it in the 20 minutes 😁

    Thanks again – I tell EVERYONE I know about your website!

    03 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      lol…yeah I am pretty fast! Glad you enjoyed the potato salad! Much love 🙂

      04 . Sep . 2022
  3. Sharon

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for another fabulous recipe! This was a huge success and deliciously addictive. I’m already looking forward to making more and this will be my go to side dish for summer dinner parties and barbecues.

    I’m delighted that I found your website, I’ve made so many of your dishes already and look forward to making many more in the future.

    Thanks again, from Scotland 😊

    08 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Sharon!!! thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      08 . Aug . 2022
  4. Marina

    5 stars
    Bravo on another delicious and perfect recipe. I made it a few weeks ago for an Australian bbq here in Melbourne and everyone loved it! The flavours are out of this world and leave you wanting more, it’s very addictive (in the best way).

    08 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      08 . Aug . 2022
  5. David

    5 stars
    I made this but swapped the mayo for Greek yogurt to save a few calories, and it was still great. Ate it as a side dish with grilled salmon, perfect summer food.

    24 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      25 . Jul . 2022
  6. A.M. Ruiz

    5 stars
    I made this Ensaladilla Rusa! It was delicious and much easier to do than I thought – Yay!
    Thank you sooo much for your great recipes!

    24 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jun . 2022
  7. Judith Trucios

    I made the Lentil Stew. It was the best lentils that I have eaten , I will only , from now on, only eat lentils made this way. DELICIOUS,

    19 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      19 . Jun . 2022
  8. Sonia

    Will tryvthis version for sure! But, was looking for tuna (atun) in the recipe….

    17 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      There are two different versions, the authentic one is without tuna, if you like it with tuna, just add in 2 tins of tuna (drained) 🙂 much love!

      17 . Jun . 2022
  9. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i skip frozen peas as am not a big fan of frozen peas i never had spanish ensladilla rusa before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    17 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Have a good weekend 🙂 much love

      17 . Jun . 2022

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